2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Documentary Oscar Shorts 2021

sunday, april 4; wednesday, april 7 saturday, april 10; tuesday, april 13 AT 7:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • LOFT MEMBERS: $12 | TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY | WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES FOR THIS SCREENING

This Open Air Cinema presentation will take place outdoors at The Loft Cinema, and seating is limited (sanitized chairs will be provided, or you can supply your own). The Loft Cinema adheres to all current health and safety guidelines. Social Distancing will be strictly enforced, and masks must be worn at all times (except when eating/drinking). Let’s have a fun, safe and unforgettable night at the movies, Open Air style!

For these Open Air Screenings we will be changing to 100% individual audio transmission. Earphones will be available for purchase at each screening (for $1 each), but we recommend that you bring your own WIRED earphones or headphones to maximize your viewing experience. (Note: airpods, bluetooth, and other wireless headphones are NOT compatible with our system). For FAQS and info on our new audio transmission click here.

This program is also available to watch as a private theater rental.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this year’s best short films under the stars before the 93rd Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, April 25, 2021! Predict the winners and you could win free passes to The Loft Cinema!

“The short films … offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are:  eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

For the 16th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films!   With all three categories offered – Live Action, Animated and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world (not to mention here at The Loft Cinema), don’t miss this year’s standout selection of stellar shorts!

After each screening, audience members will receive an “Oscar Shorts Prediction” ballot for that category via email – simply indicate which film you think will take home the gold on Oscar night, and all those who correctly guess the winning film in that category will be entered into a drawing for free movie passes to The Loft Cinema!  Pass winners will be notified the week following the Oscar telecast on April 25.

A Concerto is a Conversation
A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 90-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  (Dir. by Ben Proudfoot/Kris Bowers, 2020, USA, 13 mins., Not Rated)

A Love Song for Latasha
The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins in South Central Los Angeles became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising.  (Dir. by Sophia Nahli Allison/Janice Duncan, 2020, USA, 18 mins., Not Rated)

Nazi occupied France.  Resistance took courage.  Seventy-five years later, facing one’s ghosts may take even more.   (Dir. by Anthony Giacchino/Alice Doyard, 2020, USA, in French with English subtitles, 24 mins., Not Rated)

Do Not Split
In 2019 Hong Kong was rocked by the largest protests since Britain handed back the area to China in 1997. This is the story of the protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protesters that escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene.  (Dir. by Andes Hammer, 2020, Norway/USA, in Mandarin/Cantonese/English with English subtitles, 36 mins., Not Rated)

Hunger Ward
Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine. (Dir. by Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman, 2020, USA, 40 mins., Not Rated)